Chat Room Safety and online security
There have been some shocking stories of how people have been stalked kidnapped or harassed, please don’t let this happen to you or any of your family.
If you are new to chat rooms then you should read this page, chat rooms are usually safe fun places to be, but chat rooms have a dark side to them, I have been chatting for many years there are a few things you need to watch for.
Use your common sense in the chat room
– Some people are not who they say they are, whatever someone says don’t take it at face value, we have created a list of the many different types of chatters out there click here to check it out, see if any of the people you chat too are on this list.
You can avoid these people by taking your time to get to know someone, strong friendships can be formed on chat rooms but you must know as in life it takes time.
If you do give any information out make it an email address, make sure this email address doesn’t contain your name, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s a good idea to change your email settings so it doesn’t give your full name to someone when you email them.
Never give your phone number out in a chat room; it is not safe to give your phone number to anyone on the net, especially your home number for obvious reasons!
Never arrange to meet people from the net, this is dangerous
However, if you do arrange to meet someone from the net, you certainly shouldn’t be doing this within 6 months of knowing someone, you should meet in a public place and you should inform someone as to your whereabouts so someone can vouch for your whereabouts.
If you feel threatened by anyone in the chat room you should inform a host or admin if these are not around then you should leave the chat room and come back later, Make a note of the person’s nickname so you can inform Admin Or a host later.
Other chat room and online safety resources
More info on Child safety www.childnet.com
General safety advice www.saferinternet.org.uk